Coffee growers in Karnataka are bracing for a 10 percent wage hike for workers at a time when coffee prices globally are volatile and at multi-year lows. The basic daily wage for coffee plantation workers has been fixed at Rs305 against the current price of Rs277.41. The total outgo for a worker would be in the range of Rs450-470 per day. Labor wages account for 60 percent of cultivation costs in the coffee sector, followed by fertilizer and fuel.
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